Olympic Committee urges Russian athlete doping investigation

THE International Association of Athletics Federations has been urged to take action against Russian athletes accused of doping.

The call came from the International Olympic Committee so it can start the process of taking back medals and banning athletes from future games.

The IOC is standing firm following the report from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which alleged systematic government-backed cheating among Russian track and field athletes.

It wants the IAAF to take action against all athletes, coaches and officials who have participated in past Olympic Games and have been accused in the report of doping.

"Following this procedure the IOC will take all the necessary measures and sanctions with regard to the withdrawal and reallocation of medals and, as the case may be, exclusion of coaches and officials from future Olympic Games," the IOC said in a statement.

As well as Russian walker Sergey Kirdyapkin, who won the gold medal in the 50km walk ahead of Australia's Jared Tallent in London, Olympic 800m champion Mariya Savinova-Farsonova (pictured) and Ekaterina Poistogova, who won the bronze medal in the same race in London, are also under scrutiny.

It was revealed Savinova-Farsonova had admitted in hidden recordings in a television documentary that she had taken the banned steroid oxandrolone.

Savinova-Farsonova is one of five Russian athletes facing lifetime bans.



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